Defendant Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges in Two Separate Shooting Incidents Involving Same Victim

Modified: April 26, 2021 2:05pm

4/26/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 26-year-old Shyheim C. Rodriguez, also known as “Hugo,” of Buffalo was virtually arraigned this morning before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller on an indictment charging him with the following offenses:

  • Two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Class “B” felonies)
  • One count of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” felony)
  • One count of Assault in the Second Degree (Class “D” felony)
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” felonies)

It is alleged that on December 8, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the defendant shot a male victim, with the intent to cause his death, with an illegal firearm at the victim’s apartment on Kenmore Avenue. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his hand.

It is further alleged that on Friday, February 5, 2021, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the defendant shot the same male victim, with the intent to cause his death, with an illegal weapon on Kenmore Avenue near Truesdale Road in the Town of Tonawanda. The victim was shot twice in the chest and ran to a nearby convenience store for help. He suffered serious physical injuries, but survived the attack.

Rodriguez, who also has a pending felony case involving gun and drug charges, was remanded without bail. He is scheduled to return on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. for a pre-trial conference.

If convicted of all charges, Rodriguez faces up to 25 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department and Town of Tonawanda Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Langenfeld of the Tactical Prosecution Unit.  

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.